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Can anyone tell me how chickens mate, becuase I have a rooster that has been climbing on top of both of my two hens. Any ideas?
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Edited by cocoaskin - 9/22/09 at 10:29am
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post #2 of 54

That would be mating.

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post #3 of 54

I'm pretty sure, from your description, that what you're seeing is your rooster is mating your hens.

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post #4 of 54

You can look it up on google or EVEN youtube.

It is a run after the hen by the roo, followed by a squat by the hen followed by a mount of the roo ON the BACK and maybe even a hold of the hens feathers by the roo, then a jump off of the roo, a ruffle of the feathers by the hen and then OF COURSE a long and obnoxious crow by the roo with maybe even a few wing flaps.

That, it chicken mating.

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post #5 of 54

Cocoaskin, I hope your question was answered.
Folks, please remember that this is a place where questions should be answered seriously when trying to educate about chickens.

I removed the besides-the-point posts.

post #6 of 54

cocoaskin, My Roo will do the 'drop wing boogy dance around the hen before and after mating. That would be another sure sign. It is 'very' quick and mating season is ALL year!.

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post #7 of 54

I call it his happy feet dance trying to impress them. It usually doesn't work. So now he chirps to them about some goodie he finds on the ground which is usually dirt or grass them jumps on their backs when they are looking for the food he called them over for. So yes first it is the "chase' or in my roosters case the "trick" then the hen will squat and he jumps on her back to mate her.

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post #8 of 54

Considering the mechanics involved, it's incredible that chickens are able to reproduce.  The rooster doesn't have any body parts to insert into the hen.  Instead, he has to bend his body as he stands on the back of the hen so that his back opening -- his cloaca, the same opening where his poop comes out -- touches the hen's cloaca.  It's actually called a cloacal kiss, and that brief touch is all that's necessary for the rooster to pass his seed into the hen.  The hen is able to store the rooster's sperm to fertilize several of her eggs that will be laid over the next week or so.

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Considering the mechanics involved, it's incredible that chickens are able to reproduce.  The rooster doesn't have any body parts to insert into the hen.  Instead, he has to bend his body as he stands on the back of the hen so that his back opening -- his cloaca, the same opening where his poop comes out -- touches the hen's cloaca.  It's actually called a cloacal kiss, and that brief touch is all that's necessary for the rooster to pass his seed into the hen.  The hen is able to store the rooster's sperm to fertilize several of her eggs that will be laid over the next week or so.


That is sooo amazing!

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Originally Posted by Sunny_Side_Up 

Considering the mechanics involved, it's incredible that chickens are able to reproduce.  The rooster doesn't have any body parts to insert into the hen.  Instead, he has to bend his body as he stands on the back of the hen so that his back opening -- his cloaca, the same opening where his poop comes out -- touches the hen's cloaca.  It's actually called a cloacal kiss, and that brief touch is all that's necessary for the rooster to pass his seed into the hen.  The hen is able to store the rooster's sperm to fertilize several of her eggs that will be laid over the next week or so.


Okay, honestly, I find that disturbing, and really, un-romantic...

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